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Thanksgiving is largely about the food, but while everyone feasts on turkey and trimmings, what about the appetizers? You’re in luck here, because there are lots of different Christmas and Thanksgiving appetizers to choose from, and something for everyone to enjoy. This tasty collection includes brie cranberry bites, ham broccoli cheese crescent cups, chicken mozzarella sticks, and pumpkin galette. To match the Thanksgiving theme, consider the cranberry brie bread bowls or cranberry salsa. Happy Thanksgiving and happy eating!

Brie Cranberry Bites Appetizer

brie cranberry bites appetizer on a plate
Brie Cranberry Bites Appetizer. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

The creaminess of brie cheese pairs beautifully with the sweet flavour of cranberry sauce in these brie cranberry bites in puff pastry. These delightful little bites are perfect for any season or occasion and each one boasts plenty of wonderful flavour. So, if you like the gooey creaminess of brie cheese along with sweet bottled or homemade cranberry sauce, you’re going to want to make these.
Get the Recipe: Brie Cranberry Bites Appetizer

Garlic Herb Bread Wreath

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a garlic herb bread wreath. Add this homemade bread to your holiday dinner menu!
Garlic Herb Bread Wreath. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

I love to make a garlic herb bread wreath for special occasions. It is sure to appeal to garlic bread fans and pairs beautifully with any holiday dinner. Making homemade bread can be really simple and this easy bread recipe proves it. So even if you don’t usually make bread yourself, I’m sure you will be able to rustle this amazing easy bread recipe up without a hitch
Get the Recipe: Garlic Herb Bread Wreath

Roasted Red Pepper Cream Cheese Dip

Above view of roasted red pepper cream cheese dip
Roasted Red Pepper Cream Cheese Dip. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Although most grocery stores carry sweet pepper dip and other dipping options, this homemade roasted red pepper cream cheese dip is well worth the effort. It’s a Mediterranean-inspired dip with bell peppers, basil, garlic, shallot, and more.
Get the Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Cream Cheese Dip

Delicious Bloody Mary Deviled Eggs

A platter full of deviled eggs.
Bloody Mary Deviled Eggs. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Bloody Mary devilled eggs are a favourite creative deviled egg idea. They take the concept of traditional eggs and add in rich ingredients like slaw dressing, pickle juice, tomato paste, paprika, and more, to make a unique gourmet deviled eggs with a Bloody Mary feel.
Get the Recipe: Delicious Bloody Mary Deviled Eggs

Marinated Olives with Feta

olives in a white dish
Marinated Olives with Feta. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

You only need seven different ingredients to prepare this delicious marinated olives and feta cheese appetizer or snack. Expect a riot of soft and pleasing Mediterranean flavours in every mouthful. Everything in there is tasty from the green and kalamata olives to the creamy feta, salty caperberries, and hints of garlic, red pepper flakes and extra virgin olive oil. If you love Greek appetizers, this might become your next favourite.
Get the Recipe: Marinated Olives with Feta

Pecan Praline Spice Butter Board

Pecan spice butter board.
Pecan Praline Spice Butter Board . Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Perhaps you’ve seen this pecan praline spice butter board before since it’s a viral trend. This Tik Tok recipe is a charcuterie style easy appetizer, served on a wooden board. It’s a great option if you’re planning a holiday party, and everyone will love the combination of sweet, crunchy and buttery in every delicious bite.
Get the Recipe: Pecan Praline Spice Butter Board

Easy Strawberry Jalapeño Jam

Strawberry jam on a charcuterie board
Easy Strawberry Jalapeño Jam. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

What could be better spread on your morning toast than strawberry jalapeño jam? This delicious jalapeño and fruit jelly without pectin pairs sweetness with a hit of spice from the chilli pepper. It’s certainly an unusual recipe and you can tweak the spice level to suit your palate.
Get the Recipe: Easy Strawberry Jalapeño Jam

Air Fryer Puff Pastry Garlic Cheese Twists

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer puff pastry garlic cheese twists with parmesan and mozzarella. You will love these puff pastry cheese straws.
Air Fryer Puff Pastry Garlic Cheese Twists. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Parmesan and mozzarella air fryer puff pastry garlic cheese twists make a wonderful air fryer appetizer or side dish. There is nothing difficult about making cheese twists from scratch. And of course homemade puff pastry cheese straws are so much more delicious than the store-bought kind. So, what are you waiting for? You’ll definitely want to make these puff pastry sheet based cheese snacks right away!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Puff Pastry Garlic Cheese Twists

Air Fryer Pull Apart Jalapeño Popper Rolls

Jalapeno popper rolls on a plate with a bowl of dip.
Pull Apart Jalapeño Popper Rolls. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Air fryer pull apart jalapeño popper rolls are a quick and easy jalapeño appetizer with Pillsbury pizza dough or crescent dough. Boasting tasty ingredients like two kinds of cheese, jalapeños and hot sauce, these are perfect for spicy food fans. You are going to love jalapeño pigs in a blanket and I warn you one is never enough with this air fryer appetizer recipe!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Pull Apart Jalapeño Popper Rolls

Leftover Ham, Broccoli and Cheese Crescent Cups

Crescent cups with leftover ham.
Leftover Ham, Broccoli and Cheese Crescent Cups. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

You can make tasty leftover ham, broccoli and cheese crescent cups with just a handful of ingredients. These crescent roll breakfast cups are also a nice breakfast, brunch or appetizer. You could enjoy one as a snack any time of the day. This crescent roll recipe is one to try if you are looking for a recipe for leftover ham.
Get the Recipe: Leftover Ham, Broccoli and Cheese Crescent Cups

Steak and Shiitake Mushroom Bruschetta Crostini Appetizers

Steak and Shiitake on a bruschetta.
Steak and Shiitake Mushroom Bruschetta. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This steak and shiitake mushroom bruschetta crostini is a really tasty canapé. Since the steak and mushrooms are served on toasted bread, it’s a handy finger food option for parties. This beef crostini with mushrooms is the kind of appetizer you might take from a tray at a party. You can also serve steak mushroom bruschetta bites as the first course of a sit-down meal. And you’ll find this simple steak crostini recipe easy to prepare.
Get the Recipe: Steak and Shiitake Mushroom Bruschetta Crostini Appetizers

Pineapple Cranberry Brie Crescent Ring Appetizer

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a pineapple cranberry brie crescent ring appetizer. You will love this Christmas wreath.
Pineapple Cranberry Brie Crescent Ring Appetizer. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Appetizers aren’t always seasonal, but this easy cranberry brie crescent ring appetizer is just perfect for the Fall and Winter! This cranberry brie wreath is so pretty to look at, and I’m sure it would make an impressive Christmas wreath. This pineapple crescent wreath appetizer is the perfect appetizer for holiday entertaining.
Get the Recipe: Pineapple Cranberry Brie Crescent Ring Appetizer

Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto appetizer on skewers.
Antipasto Skewers. Photo credit: xoxobella.

Antipasto skewers, or antipasto kabobs, make great party food. Easy to make in advance, they are an easy party appetizer idea that’s ideal for parties, picnics, game day, BBQs, road trips, tailgating and gatherings, among others. This crowd-pleasing antipasto bite appetizer is served on wooden skewers and made with classic Italian flavours.
Get the Recipe: Antipasto Skewers

Blueberry Brie Pastry and Dip

A brie pastry with blueberries served as an appetizer.
Blueberry Brie Pastry and Dip. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Impress your guests with this delicious air fryer blueberry brie pastry dip appetizer that will leave them amazed. The crispy brie and puff pastry, combined with the sweet blueberry flavor, make a perfect dip that everyone will love.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry Brie Pastry and Dip

Chicken Mozzarella Sticks

Overhead view of homemade chicken mozzarella sticks on a platter.
Chicken Mozzarella Sticks. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

These crispy air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks are the perfect appetizer. Made with ground chicken and mozzarella sticks, this easy recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Mozzarella Sticks

Bacon Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites

A plate with bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites and some fries.
Bacon Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

These air fryer bacon wrapped cheeseburger bites are a perfect appetizer for any occasion, with a quick and easy preparation. Whether you call them bacon wrapped meatballs or meatloaf balls, you’re sure to love their amazing taste!
Get the Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites

Avocado Herb Green Goddess Dip

Side view of avocado herb green dip with vegatbles on the side.
Avocado Herb Green Goddess Dip. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Whether you want to dip veggie sticks, melba toast, chips, crackers, or something else, this avocado herb green goddess dip is really good. Pair it with a vegetable board or charcuterie platter and enjoy the fresh flavours in every mouthful.
Get the Recipe: Avocado Herb Green Goddess Dip

Smoked Gouda Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip

Above view of smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip with pretzels.
Smoked Gouda Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip pairs beautifully with pretzels. So if you’re looking for the best pretzel cheese sauce recipe, look no further. This cheese dipping sauce is made with smoked gouda, cheddar and cream cheese, along with other flavourful ingredients.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Gouda Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip

Baked Brie with Blackberries

A serving dish of melted brie cheese topped with juicy blackberries.
Baked Brie with Blackberries. Photo credit: Flavor Feed.

Melty brie cheese topped with juicy blackberries makes for such a good appetizer before your Thanksgiving feast! Make this to serve with crusty bread rounds or crackers for a delectable starter.
Get the Recipe: Baked Brie with Blackberries

Baked Ricotta Dip

A dish of baked ricotta dip with toast, crackers and veggies.
Baked Ricotta Dip. Photo credit: Masala Herb.

Baked ricotta cheese with chives and chilis makes for such a cozy appetizer. Serve with bread, crackers or veggies for a holiday starter that has so much creamy flavor!
Get the Recipe: Baked Ricotta Dip

Crockpot Little Smokies

A serving dish of bbq chili smokies with toothpicks on the side.
Crockpot Little Smokies. Photo credit: Crayons and Cravings.

Pop some little smokies in the crockpot with chili, bbq sauce and grape jelly for the best holiday appetizers. Serve on toothpicks for a starter your guests can munch on as they mingle.
Get the Recipe: Crockpot Little Smokies

Sausage and Sage Stuffed Mushrooms

A platter of sausage stuffed mushrooms.
Sausage and Sage Stuffed Mushrooms. Photo credit: Mary’s Whole Life.

Sausage and sage make the best savory filling for mushrooms. Make these for a starter that everyone will love before the feast is served.
Get the Recipe: Sausage and Sage Stuffed Mushrooms

Cranberry Brie Bread Bowls

A bread bowl with melted brie and cranberries with pecans over the top.
Cranberry Brie Bread Bowls. Photo credit: A Paige of Positivity.

Cranberries and brie are perfect partners to make this easy appetizer for the holidays. Top this bread bowl appetizer with pecans for a medley of seasonal flavors.
Get the Recipe: Cranberry Brie Bread Bowls

Cranberry Jalapeno Dip

Above view of cranberry jalapeno dip.
Cranberry Jalapeno Dip. Photo credit: Peel With Zeal.

The cranberry jalapeno dip is a perfect appetizer for the holiday season. It is a quick and easy recipe that requires no cooking and is gluten-free and vegetarian. The fresh cranberries, cream cheese, and jalapeno peppers combine to create a colorful and delicious dip that can be served with vegetables, crackers, or chips.
Get the Recipe: Cranberry Jalapeno Dip

Cheddar Pigs In A Blanket

Appetizer on a platter with dip.
Cheddar Pigs In A Blanket. Photo credit: Averie Cooks.

If you’ve never tried pigs in a blanket with cheese before, make this recipe! Sliced cheddar cheese and flaked salt takes this classic game day recipe and turns up the flavor! A fast and easy appetizer for holiday parties, get-togethers, or events!
Get the Recipe: Cheddar Pigs In A Blanket

Cranberry Hummus

A bowl of cranberry hummus with fresh cranberries on top.
Cranberry Hummus. Photo credit: We Are Not Martha.

Give your hummus a seasonal spin with cranberries for a yummy appetizer that no one will be able to resist. Add sage chips to the side for the best Thanksgiving appetizer dipper.
Get the Recipe: Cranberry Hummus

Pear and Gorgonzola Puff Pastry Tarts

A puff pastry tart filled with pears and gorgonzola.
Pear and Gorgonzola Tart. Photo credit: Britney Breaks Bread.

Offer an elegant and flavorful starter before your feast. This recipe is so easy; it is ready in 25 minutes and will satisfy your guests with a flaky crust and a tender pear filling.
Get the Recipe: Pear and Gorgonzola Puff Pastry Tarts

Baked Brie with Jam

A round of brie baked with jam and pecans.
Baked Brie with Jam. Photo credit: Whisked Away Kitchen.

Brie baked with jam and pecans is such an easy yet elegant appetizer. This lets everyone have a light nibble before they are seated for an epic feast.
Get the Recipe: Baked Brie with Jam

Cranberry and Gruyere Tarts

Puff pastry tarts filled with cheese and cranberries.
Cranberry and Gruyere Tarts. Photo credit: Barley and Sage.

Make these tarts with puffed pastry and fill them with cranberries and gruyere cheese. This is such a delicious option for an appetizer or dessert!
Get the Recipe: Cranberry and Gruyere Tarts

Cranberry Salsa

Cranberry jalapeno salsa in a dish with chips.
Cranberry Salsa. Photo credit: Two Healthy Kitchens.

Who could resist a few chips with this sweet and spicy cranberry salsa? This makes for such a good seasonal appetizer to share.
Get the Recipe: Cranberry Salsa

Pumpkin Galette

A savory pumpkin galette cut into quarters.
Pumpkin Galette. Photo credit: In the Kitch.

This savory pumpkin galette is perfect to slice thin and share as a starter on Thanksgiving day. Everyone will love this easy yet flavorful rustic recipe.
Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Galette

Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

A platter of deviled eggs that look like pumpkins.
Pumpkin Deviled Eggs. Photo credit: Fantabulosity.

Give your deviled eggs the ultimate seasonal spin with this easy decorating idea. Tasty pumpkin deviled eggs are sure to be a favorite appetizer with your family.
Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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